Moving Places is the brilliant account of a life steeped in and shaped by the movies—part autobiography, part film analysis, part social history. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of America’s most gifted film critics, began his moviegoing in the 1950s in small-town Alabama, where his family owned and managed a chain of theaters.
Starting in the Deep South of his boyhood, Rosenbaum leads us through a series of “screen memories,” making us aware of movies as markers of the past—when and where we saw them, with whom, and what we did afterward. The mood swings easily from sensual and poignant regret to screwball exuberance, punctuated along the way by a tribute to the glamorous Grace Kelly of Rear Window, a meditation on The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its improbable audience-community, and an extended riff on Rosenbaum’s encounters with On Moonlight Bay.
Originally published in 1980, Moving Places is reissued now both as a companion volume to the author’s latest book and as a means of introducing a new generation of film buffs to this unique, often humorous exploration of one man’s life at the movies.
Jonathan Rosenbaum is an American film critic. Rosenbaum was the head film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 until 2008, when he retired at the age of 65. He promotes the dissemination and discussion of foreign film. His strong views on filmgoing in the U.S. hold that Hollywood and the media tend to limit the full range of the films Americans can see, at the cineplex and elsewhere.
Author: Jonathan Rosenbaum
Year of Release: 1985